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Defense Daily, Friday, September 28, Vol. 279, Issue 63

Boeing-Saab Team Lands Air Force T-X Contract

Boeing [BA] and Saab have won the Air Force's T-X next-generation trainer competition over two competing teams, and will build over 350 new aircraft for the service to train pilots flying fourth- and fifth-generation jet aircraft, the service said on Thursday.The Air Force plans to purchase 351 aircraft, 46 simulators and associated ground equipment in…

Bell Moving to Scale Up Autonomous Delivery Drones for U.S. Military

Bell [TXT] is developing the scalability and flight control software of its Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) family of vehicles to meet U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army requirements, Todd Worden, the Bell senior manager of global military business development and advanced tiltrotor systems, said in an interview at Modern Day Marine this week…

Harris Will Supply F-35's New Core Processor

The Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35 will run on a Harris [HRS]-built integrated core processor (ICP) beginning in 2023, the two companies said on Thursday.The new ICP serves as the "brains" of the advanced fighter and promises 25 times the processing power at one-fourth the cost, according to Harris. Built with an open-systems architecture, the new…

Boeing Closes Acquisition of Millennium Space Systems

Boeing [BA] has completed its acquisition of Millennium Space Systems, providing an expansion of its existing satellite portfolio to compete for growing military interest in developing satellites faster at a much lower cost.Under the acquisition, Millennium will retain an independent operating model as a subsidiary within Boeing’s Phantom Works division. A representative for Boeing has…

Navy Awards CSRA $96 Million For Commercial Cloud Services

The Navy on Wednesday awarded CSRA, a General Dynamics [GD] Information Technology subsidiary, a $96 million contract to utilize the company’s commercial cloud services.The one-year blanket purchase agreement (BPA) includes four potential one-year follow-up options as the Navy looks to begin implementing its multi-cloud strategy to bring in a range of vendors needed to create…

Pentagon To Finalize Remaining Authorities For Cyber Personnel Recruitment Program

Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, the Pentagon’s senior cyber policy adviser said Wednesday that the Department of Defense is planning to roll out the final authorities of the Cyber Excepted Service program over the next few months to address persistent problems in retaining cyber personnel. Lawmakers from the cybersecurity and personnel subcommittees of the Senate Armed…

Raytheon Wins $47 Million To Mature Decoy Jammers

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) recently awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $47 million technical maturation and risk reduction contract for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD)-Navy variant.MALD is an expendable vehicle meant to be launched from a fighter jet before battle, allowing the military to gather information on an adversary once they attack the disposable decoy.…

Thales Receives 10-Year Army Deal To Join Harris In Delivering Two-Channel Leader Radios

Thales has received a 10-year contract to deliver the first two-channel handheld radios for Army battlefield communications under the Leader Radio program, the company said on Thursday.The Army has placed an initial order for 1,540 of Thales’ AN/PRC-148C IMBITR radios, which will be delivered under the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract alongside Harris [HRS] Corporation’s…